Crocodile hunt launched in Nantou County after caiman spotted in farm pond

Reptile experts have been hired to catch a caiman, after reports emerged yesterday that a crocodile had been spotted in a field of water bamboo in Puli Township, Nantou County. When a post appeared on social media saying that a crocodile was seen in a zizania pond readers were incredulous. “My mother said that there are crocodiles in the bamboo shoots field,” someone posted on the Facebook group “Puli People,” with an accompanying photograph. “It’s probably fake,” one reader responded.

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Taiwan Bear rescued from trap released after 8 month rehabilitation

A Formosan black bear rescued from an animal trap in Taitung County in December regained his freedom today after eight months recovering from wounds and surgery. Umas, as the bear was named, was found caught in a boar trap in the mountain district of Haiduan Township in December 2020. Estimated to be between one and two years old, Umas was found to have old and new injuries, including fractures, necrosis of his right forelimb, and gunshot wounds. After recovering from

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Raptor family saved from wildfire thanks to live Internet broadcast

A brood of black kite (Milvus migrans) hatchlings was saved from being burned alive after researchers monitoring the bird family in preparation for a live broadcast to YouTube saw the nest about to be engulfed in flames, Tuesday, March 16. The National Pingtung University of Science and Technology Bird Ecology Lab, with the support of the Forestry Bureau set up camera equipment to monitor the nest on March 12 in preparation for a constant live broadcast for the general public

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Veterinarian Demonstrates How to Rescue Huntsman Spider from Sticky Rat Trap

A veterinarian at a wildlife first aid station in Nantou County yesterday, made painstaking efforts to rescue a huntsman spider from a sticky rat trap. Eventually, the Heteropoda venatoria, also known as the giant crab spider, or cane spider, was freed of its predicament using flour, salad oil, cotton swabs, and a lot of patience. The spider’s Chinese name (白額高腳蛛) refers to the prominent white streak on its forehead and white stripes on the legs. Spider expert Luo Yingyuan (羅英元)

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